The Valencia manager and ex-Manchester United great Gary Neville did not have a bright start to his career as a manager after he was appointed by the Spanish Club back in December.
The 41-year old as appointed as the head coach of Valencia till the end of the season started with three consecutive defeats but that did not last long.
He has now changed his team’s fortunes and now sees them in the middle of a 5-match unbeaten streak.
The 4-0 victory over Rapid Vienna on Thursday took the club to the last 16 of the Europa League, 10-0 on aggregate and will be going into the next game this weekend Athletic Bilbao trying to win their third consecutive league game.
This has now fuelled rumors that the Spanish club wants to extend the contract of the manager. But talking to the media recently, Neville denied to open up about it and said that this was not the right time for such discussions.
“I haven’t spoken to the club about my contract.
“We originally said March but March is almost upon us and we need to focus on the next games. Now’s not the time. We’ll leave it until April.
“I can assure you that there have been no discussions yet.”
The manager had his fair bit of criticism from the fans who wanted him sacked at the start of January after the tepid displays from the club on the field.
“I hope that they think I am a sincere and hard-working person. I want them to think that I give my all every day,” he said addressing the people who wanted him sacked.
He also spoke about the 7-0 loss (on aggregate) against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and said the team felt the pain and that the they bounced back from it with 3 wins on the trot.
After the 7-0 [loss against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey] I felt that pain. Now we have won four games on the trot.
The 2-1 victory against Espanyol was a close game and the manager felt that the crowd had a lot to do with the game ending in their favor.
“It was the players and the fans who won the Espanyol game and they are the most important people at this club,” he said, addressing the fans.
Valencia are 12th in the league with 31 points following back-to-back wins against Espanyol and Granada. They will have to find more consistency till the end of the season to end it on a high.
But Neville said that he was not looking at the points table and explained that they are taking one game at a time.
“A few weeks ago, I wasn’t looking at the league table, nor am I looking at it now. I think we are in a good moment,” he added.
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